Gracie Humaitá Sydney has a Belt Grading coming up with quite a few eligible students ready to test. We thought we would take this opportunity to answer some questions about the process of grading for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belts and why we grade to begin with.
BJJ practitioners often talk about a gym’s ‘mat culture’ which can refer to anything from formal protocols such as bowing before stepping on and off the mats to general attitude of the members. We have been talking with those that have spent some time training in Brazil and here are some of the big differences
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was birthed from Brazilian culture; but what can be said about that culture? Here are some of our favourite idioms in Brazilian Portuguese that can begin to show you a picture of this colourful background:
How did you begin to train BJJ?
Owen: I began training martial art in about 1994. I started doing Muai Thai and Tong Long (similar to praying mantis style kung fu). I saw a VHS video copy of UFC 1 in 1996.
“Know your roots!” We wanted to take a look at all the different styles of martial arts and sports that involve grappling and ground fighting to see how Gracie Jiu Jitsu distinguishes itself. Grappling has been a part of human history since tribal times and can be found in almost every civilization
We began to talk about the Gracie Diet and its principals in a recent article. We wanted to revisit that and expand on its particulars. As we discussed, the Gracie Diet is not a restrictive dietary approach to nutrition but it is about food combinations and when to eat. It is not so much what we can eat but what we are able to digest and assimilate that determines our nutritional health.
Just because you can’t make it to your favourite mats for a class does not mean your training has to end altogether. A large part of Jiu Jitsu is creativity (this is why there are new moves every year!) so be creative when not on the mats to keep yourself engaged and progressing.
Anyone who trains hard tends to develop a great love of food as they have a great need for it. The better quality of the food, its preparation, and what it is eaten with the more energy and the better you can train!
The practice of Gracie Jiu Jitsu- whether for Sports Brazilian Jiu Jitsu application, MMA, or self defence, lends itself to experiencing and embodying numerous paradoxes when we take a step back and look at the practice. Here are some examples we have come across: